Finally.. some rest!

I hope everyone has had a lovely christmas and a bit of a break? Today is the first day I feel that I can start to rest as work has been chaos and finishing off some presents (even on Christmas day!).

Unfortunately I forgot to take some photos but this week alone when I was not at work made 3 divided baskets and two sprocket cushions. Then Christmas Eve after work decided to start a little bit of epp towards another present for my sister… Sneaky peek… it won’t be finish for a day or so but she doesn’t mind 🙂

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Here’s my lovely presents I received- I’m a massive scifi/fantasy person so these boxsets went down a treat and perfect to sit and epp to when it’s dark and cold. The seal pup kit am majorly excited about doing and love the FQ stack my brother got me (his partner has good taste).

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I also received my Popular Patchwork Secret Santa which was a little disappointing to be honest as the brief was to make a gift and all I got was the following. I quite like the purple flowers tho and yet to hear back whether my recipient liked her gifts that I made.

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I also had my first treat from the Blossom Heart Quilt shop- love these and not quite sure what to do with them yet….

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I’ve also cut into this pile of beauties for a diamond epp project that will be starting (yes starting when I have a zillion other things to finish!) but I love the 30s inspired prints and hopefully this will work… into a mini wallhanging for my sewing space 🙂

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Has anyone given into fabric sales yet? I’m still holding out…

Hannah.x

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Bobbing Along- Make and Craft Magazine Feature

How exciting! My very first magazine feature…

Bobbing AlongSo… Make and Craft- Issue 8 (June 2013) page 78-79 eek! In it you can find out how I created the above.

If you have not heard of Make and Craft before I definitely urge you to go check it out- you can find a ten page sampler of the current issue here.

It is a brilliant magazine full of different crafts, tips, swaps and more. So… what are you waiting for?

Make and Craft June Issue 8

I’m even on the front page 🙂 Thank you to the editor Katharine for giving me this opportunity.

Hannah.x

A Lovely Year of Finishes- February

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A new month… a new goal!

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These hexies were left over from a project last year and are currently staring at me from the corner all forlorn. So for this month’s Finishalong I will do something with these!

Thinking perhaps a nice quilted bag?

Before I forget have you signed up to the notebook/diary crafty make and swap? Details here….

Hannah.x

It’s time to announce….

… the next swap!

The idea is to make an A5/A6 sized diary/journal or notebook. Rather the cover of it and include the diary etc inside.

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There are all sorts of mediums for this- this is my diary to help keep my various sewing projects organised and in some sort of order (would help if I used it properly!) This one has a cross-stiched cover and is from the talented Dawn. (See her shop here.)

The possibilities are endless you can scrapbook, sew, knit and more!

But to get you started..

Notebook Folder tutorial from Riley Blake Designs and a Journal Cover tutorial from Bloom and Blossom.

Rules: Sorry but there is a need!

Medium: As long as you make it yourself it can be in any medium either sewn with fabrics, patchwork, knitted, crocheted, crossstitched, felted, scrapbooked….

Entrants: UK only! I think it’s best due to posting restrictions/costs

Day to Enrol By: 16th February 2013

Day to Post By: 29th March 2013

How to Sign Up: Either leave me a comment here or email me at squintessential@hotmail.co.uk please don’t forget to include your email address.

Once the enrolment day has passed I will pair you up and email you with your partner.

There is a Flickr Group with the aim to chat and keep everyone up to date on your progress.

So… who’s in?

Hannah.x

Tote Bag Swap

Aren’t these pretty?!

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You may remember that last year I hosted a tote bag swap. I’ve been waiting to hear whether everyone was successful and for pictures of the lovely bags so here they are…

Madmum Felted Bag

This is Liz’s- isn’t it lovely? Liz runs Madmumknits over on Etsy- take a peek at her gorgeous handknitted creations.

Jess Tote

This is from Jess of Great and Sewn. Jess was my swap partner and I love this bag- very quirky and very me.

Zoe's Bag

Zoe runs Buttoned Up and Pinned Down. Isn’t this bag amazing? I love the colourful and quirky design

 

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Claire from Twitter has made another lovely bag- I especially love the lining (the photo at the top of the page) and anything to do with patchwork. Pop on over to Twitter to catch up with Claire and see what she is working on next.

Last but not least… it’s my bag!

My Tote

I Love this design- everything about it but it’s also the thing that sparked off my obsession for wonky stars.

Hannah.x

P.S- Check back soon as another crafty swap will be announced!

Summer Swaps

So where has the summer gone? It seems the past couple months have whizzed by. I have been busy (lots of new things coming your way soon…)!

Over the summer I participated in two swaps- a summer swap by Kat of Kat Sighs and the other.. the pincushion swap I organised!

First up this is what I received from Jackie of MrsJC. Isn’t it lovely? As soon as my spare room/sewing room is organised it will be there!

 

I’ve become obsessed with Owl pincushions (seriously there are a few dotted around my house….) so this is one with a twist for Jackie! Summery fabric but with dried lavender mixed in with the wadding for a lovely scent.

Next up is my pin cushion swap! This was so fun to do and overall a success I think!

From Sarah a gorgeous turtle I dare not stick him with pins tho so think he will be the sewing machine guardian.

 

One thing I found out about Sarah was she liked girly things so I hope my owl was pretty enough 🙂 It’s a shame in my huge stash those were the only buttons that complemented the look so I added a bow.

So.. want to see what others have done in the swap? Keep your eye open over the next couple days for some delicious looking photos… and you never know details of the next swap!

Hannah.x